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Are the New-Look Knicks Who We Thought They Were?

The New York Knicks were a trendy dark horse pick to contend in the Eastern Conference this year, but they’re looking more like their old selves of late. The Knicks will look to avoid an eighth loss in nine games when they return home to face the New Orleans Pelicans tonight. Oddsmakers initially set the Pels as 4-point road faves with a total of 214.

Shark Bites
  • The Pelicans are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games on the road.
  • The Pelicans are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games against the Knicks.
  • The Knicks are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games at home.

Last week New Orleans was moving up the standings with ease in the wake of a four-game winning streak, but the Pelicans have followed that up with a three-game slide. Inconsistency has been a major theme in Anthony Davis’ time with the Pelicans, so that really doesn’t come as much of a surprise.

UNDER bettors have been laughing all the way to the bank when New York and New Orleans collide. The UNDER is a perfect 3-0 in their past three matchups.

Home sides have dominated this series lately. In the last five meetings between the Knicks and Pelicans, home teams are 5-0 SU. New Orleans’ last win in the Big Apple came on December 1, 2013.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting New Orleans Pelicans betting line opened this morning as 4-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including Bovada), while the total was hovering around 214 at BetOnline and other betting odds shops.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 106-105 win for the Knicks. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

New Orleans Pelicans vs New York Knicks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

New York battles the New Orleans Pelicans, currently with a 14-24 mark (17-20-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals betting, are 20-16-1 for the New York Knicks and 18-20 for the New Orleans Pelicans. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New York vs New Orleans injuries news.

According to the betting Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 20-rated New York Knicks and the No. 27-rated Pelicans in this NBA basketball matchup.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting New Orleans Pelicans rank No. 9 in the league with 44.71 per game. That compares with New York's No. 3 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where New York is the NBA's No. 16-ranked team at 9.24 per game, while the New Orleans Pelicans rate No. 17 with 9.08 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Pelicans got a terrific 36-point performance from Anthony Davis but Boston handed them a 117-108 defeat on Saturday at TD Garden.

The Knicks endured a 123-109 loss at the hands of the Pacers on Saturday, despite a 17-point effort from Brandon Jennings at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Betting Trends
  • New Orleans is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Orleans's last 5 games
  • New Orleans is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
  • New Orleans is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • New York is 17-8 ATS in its last 25 games
  • New York is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of New York's last 5 games
  • New York is 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

New Orleans at Brooklyn, Thursday, January 12th
New York at Philadelphia, Wednesday, January 11th